Museums in Delhi: Yours anciently

While everyone knows about how the capital is rich in heritage, it is the museums in Delhi that actually hold and preserve this heritage along with the various monuments lining the citys streets. From coins to manuscripts and textiles, museums hold relics that take one to the past and give a glimpse of the lives that have gone before us. So if youre a history buff and are done visiting the various monuments in Delhi, enhance your experience with our list of Museums in Delhi.  

Archaeological Museum, Red Fort

If you have particular interest in the artefacts from the medieval times, the Archaeological Museum is the place for you to be. The museum holds coins and manuscripts preserved from the Mauryan and Mughal er, not to mention, artillery, handicrafts, even garments. Unarguably one of the best museums in Delhi.

Address:  Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm
Entry Fees: Free (Pay Rs 10 for entry into the Red Fort)
Do check out: The portrayal of the 1857 revolt

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National Museum, Janpath

The museum was established in 1949 and hosts over 2,00,000 artifacts and relics that belong to the different eras of Indian History. So if you want to see what a Neanderthal man looked like, then you know where to head to. The museum also consists of an enviable collection of antique art, firearms and manuscripts, some as old as 6000 years. For more details read the NearFox Guide.

Address:  Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi
: 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Monday)
Entry Fees: Rs 20
Do check out: Pre-Columbian and Western Arts on the second floor

National Museum of Natural History, Tilak Bridge

It’s one of the best museums in India if youre looking to experience the wonders of taxidermy and other preservation techniques. The exhibits here include a range of life models of animal, insects and birds and these exhibits are informative as well as educational in nature.

Address:  FICCI Building, Tansen Marg, New Delhi
: 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Monday)
Entry Fees: Free
Do check out: Evolution of Life through the ages.

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Sanskriti Kendra Museum Terracotta and Metal Museum, Mehrauli

Remember the Terracotta warriors from ancient China so lovingly portrayed as the villains in many Hollywood films? Yes? At  the Sanskriti Kendra Museum Terracotta and Metal Museum, you can see them in real life. It was established by Mulkraj Anand in 1979. The museum consists of metal and clay artifacts depicting scenes from everyday life.

Address:  Anandgram P.O Arjungarh Mehrauli, Gurgaon Road, New Delhi
+91-114242 3100
: 10 am to 5 pm
Entry Fees: Free
Do check out: The Terrcaotta army

Rail Museum, Chanakyapuri

The Rail museum was built in 1977 and consists of scale models of yesteryear trains from across the world. Whats more there is also an entire section of paintings and photographs of old steam giants inside the museum, which is bound to transport you back to the 1800s!

Address:  Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fees: Rs 20
Do check out: The toy train ride for 20 bucks

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National Crafts Museum, Pragati Maidan

Its not just the city-bred who have talent but also the hinterland tribal people and this is amply proven by the artefact collection at the National Crafts Museum. Here one can see the art and craft displays of various indigenous tribes in the country, from the Warli tribe in Maharashtra to the Nagas in Nagaland.

Address:  Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Monday)
Entry Fees: Rs 10
Do check out: Indigenous paintings of the Warli tribes


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Shankar International Doll Museum, Tilak bridge

The museum was the brainchild of renowned political cartoonist K. Shankar Pillai and houses nearly 7000 dolls that are collected from over 85 countries. The story goes that during a foreign visit, Shankar became so fascinated by a Hungarian doll that he decided to collect and put them up  for show when he came back to his country. There are dolls of every imaginable shape and size and they will bring out the child in you!

Address:  4, Nehru House, Bahadur Shah Zafar Road, New Delhi
: 10 am to 5:30 pm (closed on Mondays)
Entry Fees: Rs 17 per adult, Rs 6 per child
Do check out: The Chinese and Hungarian dolls

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National Science Centre Museum, Pragati Maidan

This one was established in 1992 and aims to promote the advances made in science and its contribution to mechanising and modernising the world. There are umpteen displays that showcase whats cool and whats not in  Physics and Chemistry and also has a brilliant looking Heritage Gallery consisting of achievements by various national and international scientists.

Address:  Near Gate No 1, Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
+91  1123371945
: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fees: Rs 40
Do check out: Dinosaur Gallery

National Police Museum, Nizamuddin

If you want to know how the Men in Khaki work then head to the National Police Museum in Nizamuddin where Police memorabilia from around the country has been stored. So you have everything from classic handcuffs to old-school cop uniforms here not to mention the various types of firearms used by them.

Address:  Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fees: Available on Request
Do check out: The firearms section

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National Gandhi Museum, Raj Ghat

Imagine standing in the room where the Father of our Nation spent his last 144 days. If that doesnt give you gooseflesh then we dont know what will. The museum is a collection of the personal items that belonged to Mahatma Gandhi and contains his Charkha, the Khadi clothes that he made and even has his walking stick. A must visit for any true patriot.

Address:  Raj Ghat, Vikram Nagar, New Delhi
: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm (except on second Sundays)
Entry Fees: Free
Do check out: Everything!

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, Palam

The quirkiest museum of the lot, Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is dedicated to the concept of sanitation and features commodes that were used historically. Thus you have toiletries from the Harappan civilization to the Rajput Kingdom here. The museum is also the only one of its kind in India.

Address:  Sulabh Bhawan, Palam Dabri Road, Mahavir Enclave, New Delhi
: 10 am to 5 pm  
Entry Fees: Free
Do check out: The book rack shaped toilet and the electronic toilet from Japan

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Tibet House Museum, Lodhi Road

Located near the India Habitat Centre, Tibet House Museum consists of over 5000 volumes of manuscripts of Tibetan culture, aspects like their traditional costume, headgear and details of the Buddhist Philosophy and Dalai Lamas life. The museum should be on top of your to-see list if you want to learn about the Tibetan conflict that lead to the Sino-Indian War of 1962.

Address:  1, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Timings: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fees: Free
Do check out: Ancient handwritten Buddhist manuscripts

That’s our list for the best  museums in Delhi. Hope you liked it!

The main image for this article was  sourced from Wikimedia. Image  by Daderot.

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